Feb. 11 — The Wailers @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
First formed as the original band of Bob Marley, The Wailers was composed of Marley, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh. It was The Wailers who backed Marley during his prime until his untimely demise in 1981. After his death, Junior Marvin and Aston Barrett led the band, which remains perhaps the most renowned reggae band of all time. Last year, the group celebrated the 30th anniversary of Legend, the best-selling reggae album in history, on their “Legend Tour.” The Wailers are an amazing act, and if you haven’t had a chance to see them yet, this one at PVCH will be a great opportunity. Tickets are $28. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Feb. 15 – Yonder Mountain String Band @ Freebird Live
Colorado-based bluegrass band, YSMB, have had a rough 2014 as far as bands go. In April, the group announced that Jeff Austin, a founding member, would be leaving the band because of, “creative differences.” Despite that, YSMB performed at Bonnaroo in June shortly after and have continued to release new music along a string of tours. The split hasn’t seemed to disrupt the group’s signature jam-band style too much. Tickets are $25 and the doors open at 7 p.m.
Feb. 17 – SOJA @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
A band that undoubtedly needs no introduction to Jacksonville, SOJA will be making another appearance at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The group, easily one of the most successful reggae groups to form in the last two decades, have a discography of great albums and have showed no signs of slowing down in recent years. If you haven’t had a chance to see them yet, this is it. Tickets are about $27. Doors open at 7:30.
Feb. 23 – PVRIS @ 1904 Music Hall
Rounding out the end of this month are Boston-based, alt-rock group PVRIS, pronounced Paris. The group formed in 2012, after splitting up a local post-hardcore band called Operation Guillotine. Last November, PVRIS released their first studio album titled, White Noise, and has since began rising rapidly in popularity. Although their sound is often likened to that of Paramore, their background and mix of influences gives PVRIS a unique and intriguing style. Doors at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $12.
Feb. 25 — Trash Talk @ Underbelly
Sacramento-based hardcore punk group, Trash Talk, formed in 2005, and have since toured all over the world, including numerous performances at music festivals. Lee Spielman, lead vocalist, Garrett Stevenson, lead guitarist, and Spencer Pollard, bassist, currently make up the band. In 2012, Trash Talk signed to Odd Future Records, becoming the first non hip-hop artist on the label, even performing some of OF’s songs at their concerts, such as “Radicals.” Their fourth studio album, No Peace, was released in May last year with mostly positive reviews. Tickets are a mere $15 and the doors open at 8 p.m.
Feb. 26 — Shpongle @ Freebird Live
Perhaps one of the strangest, albeit enthralling, musical acts I’ve seen in the last few years rounds out the end of this month’s best concerts. Shpongle, who formed in 1996 as a psychedelic music project, are the originators of the “psybient” genre. This unique style of music blends trance, psychedelic and ambient sounds together. When this combination of music from all over the globe is paired with western synthesizer-based music, you get a style that is best described by band member Simon Posford, “Like nothing you’ve ever heard before.” Tickets for this one are $17 for advance, and the doors open at 8 p.m.